I'll admit it. I got sucked into the craze of Pokémon Go when I decided to download the app to see what all the fuss was about. Little did I know that I'd soon learn what a drowzee, a bulbasaur and an eevee are and why I had to catch them.
I did not grow up playing Pokémon, but I understood quickly why people were so excited to get outside and play. If you're wondering why you're all of a sudden seeing groups of people staring at their phones together, these articles will give you a glimpse into the Pokémon craze. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web.
But I warn you. You may soon find the need to catch 'em all!
"The Beginner’s Guide to Pokémon Go: A FAQ on How to Catch 'Em All" by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
PC World, July 13, 2016 (also available on the PC World website)
If you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon and are thinking about playing Pokémon Go, start here. This comprehensive guide tells you everything you need to know about Pokémon, starting with the basic details of the game and how to play it.
"Pokémon Go: Why You Should Be Playing Now" by Joanna Stern
The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2016 (also available on the Wall Street Journal website)
If you're convinced Pokémon Go isn't for you, you may be surprised. Learn about Poké Balls, Pokéstops and other lingo while discovering how it may affect the future, too.
"'Pokemon Go' Can Play Up Family Ties" by John Keilman
Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2016 (also available on the Chicago Tribune website)
I've seen many parents with kids in my neighborhood catching Pokémon. Keilman says, "it can even cause normally bickering siblings to bond through a common cause." Who can argue with that? He makes the case for family bonding while also being aware of the necessary safety concerns around the game.
"The Pokémon Fad Shows the Unnerving Future of Augmenting Reality" by Matt Vella
Time, July 25, 2016 (also available on the Time website)
If you think Pokémon Go is just a fad, you may be right, but some believe it may be the introduction to augmented reality that will change how we literally view the world around us.
"Pokémon Go, With Tie-In, Makes It Home to Japan" by Jonathan Soble
New York Times, July 23, 2016 (also available on the New York Times website)
You may have seen businesses trying to capitalize on the trend, but McDonald's is the first large corporation to officially partner up with Pokémon Go in Pokémon's homeland, Japan.
Have you already been trying to catch 'em all? Which Pokémon are you trying to catch?